Calama is a one-hour drive from San Pedro.
Where to stay: Explora Hotel de Atacama, Avenida Américo Vespucio Sur 80, Piso 5, Santiago, Chile (do not dial 55 before these numbers); 2206-6060, fax 2228-4655,
Lodge Terrantai, Calle Tocopilla 411, P.O. Box 10, San Pedro de Atacama; 851-140, fax 851-037,
Hotel Kimal, 452 Domingo Atienza, San Pedro de Atacama; telephone/fax 851-030,
Where to eat: Café El Adobe, Caracoles 211, 851-132, has great style but not the best food in town. Lingering over a pisco sour is a must. Entrees begin at $6.
Paachá restaurant, in the Hotel Kimal (see above), is said to be one of the best places in San Pedro. But the restaurant is currently closed for remodeling and is not scheduled to reopen for a couple of months.
Even if you are not staying at the Explora, 851-110, the bar and restaurant are well worth a visit. They may not be able to accommodate walk-ins, so call ahead.
For more information: Chilean Embassy, 1732 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 785-1746, http://www.chile-usa.org.